RelishaThe case of the little 8 year old Washington DC girl, Relisha Rudd gets more and more confusing if you ask me. First of all she lived in a homeless shelter with her mom and stepfather but she was attending school at Payne Elementary School, until her mother claims she allowed her daughter to go with Kahlil Tatum to spend some time with him.

When the school noticed Relisha had not been in school they began investigating to find out why. That is when her mother and her grandmother told the school that Relisha had been sick and they gave them Tatum’s phone number saying he was Relisha’s doctor. According the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Bebe Otero, “He basically assured the school the child had been ill and gave detailed information around that.”

Kahlil TatumThe DC Police have been criticized for how the Amber Alert was issued for Relisha. The deputy Mayor for Public Safety, Paul Quander, has defended the police on how they have handled the Alert.

“Once we established that there had been a crime committed, and once we were able to establish that Mr. Tatum was a person of interest in Prince George’s County, then that gave us the predicate that we needed to move to the next level,” said Quander. “So that’s when we issued the Amber Alert.”

The original Amber Alert didn’t have a photo of Tatum and on the DC Police Twitter account they didn’t list his name either. According to when the police talked to Relisha’s mother while they were at the shelter they wanted to issue the Amber Alert a week ago on Wednesday but she resisted and did not give them permission. It was not issued til the next day that it was issued. She claimed that the city had already taken her other children away from her but she wouldn’t explain why.

The last time Relisha was seen was on February 26 but the police were not notified of her disappearance until March 18. During the investigation police located the body of Kahlil Tatum’s wife where she had been beaten and died from an apparent gunshot wound. An arrest warrant has been issued for Tatum in connection with his wife’s murder. The police have a video from a hotel surveillance camera of the child with Tatum from February 26 which is the last time she was seen before she disappeared. You can see the video below.

Relisha Rudd is described as a black female with a medium complexion. She is 4 feet tall and weighs between 70 and 80 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a purple Helly Hansen brand winter jacket and pink boots.

Kahlil Tatum is a black male that is about 5ft. 7 inches tall and he weighs about 165 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. The FBI warns the public that Tatum is considered to be armed and dangerous. He has been added to the FBI’s most wanted list.

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered by the Prince George’s County Police Department to anyone that will provide any information that will lead to an arrest and indictment in this case. Meanwhile the FBI is offering a separate reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the location and return of the missing 8 year old Relisha Rudd.

If you have any information that can help locate this child to keep her out of harm’s way please contact the Washington Metropolitan Police Department (District of Columbia) at 202-727-9099 or the FBI’s Washington Field Office at 202-278-2000. Please help find this innocent little girl before something bad happens to her. I pray she is still alive and that someone will call the authorities to help get her home.

Jan Barrett

UPDATE: On Wednesday the FBI announced that they are offering a separate reward of up to $20,000 for information that leads to Tatum’s arrest.

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